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Tony Marsh

Full Name:
Anthony Ernest Marsh
Born:
20th July 1931
Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Died:
7th May 2009 (Aged 77)
Petersfield, Hampshire
Nationality:
British
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Tony Marsh is best known for his exploits in British hillclimbing although he also started four Grands Prix and was 1957 Autocar British Formula 2 Champion.

Hillclimb star graduates

He bought an ex-Peter Collins Cooper Mk8-JAP with which he won three successive RAC hillclimb titles from 1955 to 1957. It was the beginning of a lifelong association with that branch of the sport but he also entered a Cooper T39-Climax in the F2 race that supported the 1956 British Grand Prix.

Encouraged by a promising 10th place finish, he undertook a fuller F2 schedule in 1957 with a new T43 chassis. Marsh concentrated on the Autocar British series and beat George Wicken after a year-long battle. He also finished third at Montlhéry and Reims before entering the German GP that included an F2 class. Marsh qualified on the last row and finished 15th when the fourth F2 car home.

Marsh’s Cooper T45 was a regular in F2 from 1958 to 1960 – rarely winning but often placed at the finish. He was fourth again in the German GP F2 class in 1958 (when eighth overall) and won the first race held on the Zeltweg airfield in September 1959.

He bought a Lotus 18-Climax mid-way through 1960 and dominated the final F2 race of the British season – the Lewis-Evans Trophy at Brands Hatch. Marsh entered the Lotus in three World Championship GPs during 1961– failing to qualify at Spa-Francorchamps but starting in Britain and Germany. 15th at the Nürburgring on his fourth and final GP start, he switched to a BRM P48 to win the Lewis-Evans Trophy once more.

He drove a works BRM in selected non-championship events early in 1962 but frustrated by its poor reliability, Marsh threatened legal action against the team. He returned to the British hillclimb series thereafter and dominated once more. He won the title in an Oldsmobile-powered Special from 1965 to 1967 before spending some time away from the sport. He later returned to hillclimbs and sprints, competing well into his seventies.

Marsh, who ran an engineering company in Petersfield, died in 2009.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1961 F1 World Championship
Tony Marsh
2 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1960 World Sportscar Championship
Team Elite
1 0 0 0 0
1958 F1 World Championship
Tony Marsh
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1957 F1 World Championship
Ridgeway Managements
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1957 Autocar British F2 Championship 1st -